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Brendan Steele

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175

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World No. 60 Brendan Steele battled to a 2-under-par 37-34=71 in the final round of the SBS Tournament of Champions to wrap up his second appearance on 15-under 277, good for a three-way T6, seven adrift of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.
The 33-year-old, who finished 25th (of 27 players) on debut in 2012, forged his second top 10 of the season in four events to go along with his 1-shot win at the season-opener in Napa. He began the final round in solo 6th, five back, and circled five birdies against three bogeys on 10 (of 15) fairways and 15 greens in regulation. Steele gained 1.441 strokes approaching the green, but lost 0.781 with the flat stick, posting a disappointing 1.933 putts per GIR. He 3-putted the first and seventh for bogey-5s, but did bang home a 41-footer for birdie-3 at the 13th. For the week, the Californian totaled one eagle and 19 birdies against six bogeys. Jan 8 - 9:04 PM

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World No. 60 Brendan Steele authored a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the SBS Tournament of Champions for a three-day tally of 13-under 206, up five spots to T6 with play still in progress.

The 33-year-old found just seven (of 15) fairways but carved out 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.594 strokes approaching the green at the time he signed his card. Three of his six birdies were one-putt versions from between seven and 12 feet, adding three, two-putt birdie-4s at Nos. 5, 9 and 15. All told, the Cal-Riverside alum posted 1.786 putts per GIR and after opening with an indifferent three-birdie, two-bogey 72, carded his second straight 67.
Jan 7 - 7:29 PM

Brendan Steele torched The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in the second round of the SBS Tournament of Chamions, posting a 6-under-par 32-35=67 to reach 7-under 139 on the week.

The slender Steele found just eight fairways today but still managed 14 greens in regulation and didn't get penalized too much by his misses. The lone blemish came at the par-4 17th when he came up short of the green and then failed to make a 9'11" par-saving attempt. That was following up a birdie at the par-4 16th and an eagle at the par-5 15th (11'6" putt). The eagle splash was one of four putts converted from outside nine feet today, gaining 2.155 strokes putting as he walked off the course. At the moment, Steele is three strokes off the live lead, but that margin will surely increase as the leaders finish up their rounds.
Jan 6 - 8:10 PM

World No. 60 Brendan Steele ranks 5th in the FedExCup standings with a win at the Safeway Open, T26 at the no-cut CIMB Classic, and has been idle since a T31 at the Shriners eight weeks ago (68-71-67-68).

At the season-opening Safeway in Napa, the California-Riverside alum erased a four-shot deficit in the final round with an eight-birdie, 7-under 65, circling his final three holes to nip 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire by one. It was his second PGA TOUR title in his 153rd career start, joining his maiden win (141 starts prior) at the 2011 Valero Texas Open, which he won as the 54-hole leader during his rookie campaign. Last season, the 33-year-old finished 63rd in the FEC standings going 19-for-25 with 11 tops 25s but just two top 10s. In 84 rounds, he led or co-led after seven rounds, including 54-hole leads/co-leads two times, ( and CIMB), posting a season-best T3 at the latter.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:44:00 AM

Last week's Safeway Open champion Brendan Steele snowballed his solid play into an opening round 5-under-par 33-34=67 at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Steele opened on the back nine and got the scoring started right away, picking off back-to-back birds at the par-4 10th and par-3 11th. His lone hiccup of the round came at the par-4 13th where he swallowed a bogey but he bounced back immediately with a circle at the par-4 14th before sprinkling three addition birdies on his inward nine. Steele posted a T3 at this venue last year and is sticking to the same script so far as he opened with a 5-under 67 last year, as well. It's always intriguing to watch how golfers respond after a victory and Steele is showing no signs of slowing down just yet.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 06:51:00 AM

Brendan Steele, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, erased a four-shot deficit at the Safeway Open with a final-round 7-under-par 32-33=65, birdieing his final three holes in Napa to clip 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire by one with a winning 72-hole aggregate of 18-under 270.

The California native and resident led after each of the first three rounds here last year and carried a one-shot lead into the finale before a closing 76 left him T17. Making his sixth straight appearance, he began the final round this year in a two-way T6 on 11-under, four shy of Kizzire, after posting opening laps of 67-71-67. The 33-year-old sandwiched a lone bogey-5 at the 12th (3-putt from 39'1") with eight birdies en route to his second PGA TOUR title in his 153rd career start, joining his maiden win at the 2011 Valero Texas Open, which he won as the 54-hole leader. The UC-Riverside alum circled his eight on 14 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.571 putts per GIR and 3.340 in SG: Putting. His split featured six conversions from inside of nine feet with a long of 27'9" at the par-3 seventh, adding an 18'0" birdie-3 at the 17th. With the win, Steele earns a host of goodies, highlighted by a second visit to the Masters (2012).
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 09:21:00 PM

Brendan Steele authored a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Safeway Open to reach the three-quarter mark on 11-under 205, up 10 places to T6 with play still in progress.

The California native and resident is making his sixth straight appearance at Silverado Resort. He led after each of the first three rounds last year before a closing 4-over 76 left him T17. The 33-year-old began the third frame on 6-under (T16) after opening in 67-71. He bogeyed the par-4 fourth but played his final 14 holes in blemish-free 6-under, circling birdies on holes 5, 8-10, 12 and 14. The UC-Riverside alum mustered seven (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, with 2.172 in strokes gained: Approach-the-Green contributing to 2.729 strokes gained: Tee-to-Green. He gained 1.296 strokes with the flat stick with his longest conversion dropping from 36 feet at the par-4 12th, though he did whiff a 4'9" eagle try at the par-5 fifth, settling for a 2-putt birdie.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 08:39:00 PM

Brendan Steele is searching for a big finish this week at Crooked Stick Golf Club as he preps for this week's BMW Championship.

Steele enters the week ranked 54th in the FedExCup race, in need of a giant leap to find his way inside the top 30 needed to qualify for the TOUR Championship on September 22nd. Unfortunately, he'll be coming in blind this week, as he failed to qualify for the FEC Playoffs in 2012 when Crooked Stick last hosted. On the bright side he ranks 20th on TOUR in driving distance which will certainly help his case this week on a track that stretches out past 7,500 yards. So far he's grabbed a T22 at The Barclays and a 72nd-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship to open up the Playoffs this year.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Brendan Steele enjoyed a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to post 8-under 272, up 45 places to T12 with play still in progress.

The 33-year-old began the final frame on 2-under (T56) after opening his sixth appearance in 70-69 (made cut on the number), and added a 69 in R3. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.571 putts per GIR and 1.930 SG: Putting at the time he signed his card. The University of California-Riverside alum squared a lone bogey on the par-4 seventh (failed scramble) and circled seven birdies, including three straight on holes 10-12, the latter two dropping from 17'4" and 24'2", respectively.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 01:36:00 PM

Brendan Steele bounced back from a poor third round to close out his week at the Barracuda Championship with a 5-under-par 35-32=67, collecting 12 points for his efforts to reach 32 points total.

Steele striped 11 (of 14) fairways on the day, allowing him the opportunity to attack pins. That's exactly what he did, gaining 2.231 strokes approaching the green. He ranks sixth in the field that department this week, despite the disappointing R3 where he lost 2.55 strokes ATG. His short game helped out quite a bit, today, splashing in three putts from outside 17 feet and holing out from the rough (21 feet) for birdie at the par-3 seventh. Eight of his points were tallied during a four-hole birdie train that closed out the round. Steele is T4 on the live leaderboard and should escape Reno with his fourth top 10, in five tries.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 08:08:00 PM

Brendan Steele cruised to a bogey-free, 3-under-par 36-33=69 during round two of the Barracuda Championship, bagging seven points for his efforts to reach 20 points on the week.

Steele was on cruise control, tee-to-green, but struggled to hole many putts throughout the day. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 15 greens in regulation. He saved the biggest highlight for last, sticking his 210-yard approach shot to 12'3" on the closing par-5 18th hole, splashing it home for a walk-off eagle to collect five points the quick way. Steele ranks T2 in GIR through 36 holes and should remain in contention over the weekend as long as his putter doesn't go ice cold.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 09:27:00 PM

Brendan Steele survived a five-pack of bogeys to collect 13 points during round one of the Barrcuda Championship, signing for a 4-under-par 37-31=68.

The course horse opened on the back nine with six birdies and one bogey to make the turn with 11 points. Steele carded three more birdies on his inward nine but swallowed four straight bogeys, beginning at the par-3 third hole. The four-hole bogey train set him back four points but he remains T3 on the live leaderboard, just two points off the early leader Martin Laird. Steele entered the week with three top 10s in four appearances at Montrêux Golf and Country Club.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Brendan Steele seeks his second career win as he sets his eyes on Montrêux Golf and Country Club for this week's Barracuda Championship.

Steele made his debut at this event in 2012, the first year it transitioned to Modified Stableford scoring. He took a quick liking to the layout, posting a T8 before returning with finishes of 4-T25-T7 in the last three editions. Steele currently ranks 35th in strokes gained tee-to-green but just 143rd in strokes gained putting. Given the nature of this week's scoring format, he's allowed to be more aggressive on his putts and not have to worry about dropping shots as much since birdies and eagles are the big point earners. That aggressive nature has worked wonders here in the past and it's a big reason why he should be considered in all fantasy formats this week.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 03:36:00 PM

Brendan Steele qualified for the U.S. Open after posting 8-under-par 66-68=134 in yesterday's sectional qualifier held in Powell, Ohio, and has now withdrawn from this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Steele threw his name into the mix last week at the Memorial, despite some poor course history. He kept his good form alive during yesterday's qualifier, trading 13 birdies with five bogeys. Next week's trip to Oakmont Country Club will be his second career U.S. Open start, first since a missed cut in 2013.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 09:53:00 AM

Overnight co-leader Brendan Steele backed up with a 3-over-par 40-35=75 in the weather-delayed third round of the Memorial Tournament to post 9-under 207, down 20 places to T21, five back of a trio of 54-hole co-leaders.

This was Steele's fourth career 36-hole lead/co-lead and second this season. He was the 36-hole leader at the Valero six weeks ago and finished T13. Steele has one top 10 this season in 15 prior events, a T3 at the CIMB Classic back in November, where he co-led after 54 holes. The 33-year-old also led the season-opening after each of the first three rounds but a closing 76 left him T17. In total, he's led seven times this season after any round, but has yet to close the deal. Steele ranks fourth on TOUR in first-round scoring average but 187th in final-round scoring average. We'll see how he fares on Sunday.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 08:57:00 PM